The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has raised historically Black Tennessee State University to the designation of R2 for higher research activity. An earlier JBHE post noted that Morgan State University in Baltimore was also elevated to R2 status. The R2 classification is the second highest classification an institution can receive from the organization.
Tennessee State University now joins 10 other HBCUs who have the R2 designation. Additionally, Tennessee State is among four of the state’s six four-year public institutions with that designation.
University officials believe this new classification will make the university more competitive among its peer institutions.
“There’s a recognition that we’re doing good scholarly research that will support our academic endeavors,” said Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young, vice president for research and institutional advancement at Tennessee State University. “I think it will help raise our reputation, our visibility. I’m excited.”